Sunday, August 18, 2013

We LOVE Science!

Science is one of our overall family favorites to teach! We LOVE it!
We love using it for almost ALL our subjects! Math, Science(DUH!), Language Arts, Writing, History and Reading!
You name it, we use it for it!
This year is no different! I am planning our homeschool curriculum right now!
We are mainly using Time4Learning at their NEW high school level but we still will be doing science on the side!!
I am looking at lots of different things to incorporate with our homeschool day involving science!
Lessons on light energy, heat energy, lessons on matter, learning about materials, force and motion, and animal lessons.....
3 years left of homeschooling for me and I will be looking for ways in add science into everything for all of those!
How do you add science to your homeschool?

Happy Homeschooling!!

Word Finds!

Word Find or Word Search is one of my FAV ways to get my boys to work on their spelling words OR pass the time or earn extra credit(yes, even homeschooling parents do extra credit!LOL) while using a holiday based one!
You can find lots of ready-made ones on the internet for MANY different age levels. You can use science for kids ones, if your child is into science. You can MAKE your own using any words and you can even plug your kids assigned spelling words!! You can find Star Wars if your child is into SW! You can find Dr. Who ones if your child LOVES Dr. Who!!
My boys love to do them!
They don't even consider them to be school!!!
Especially when it is one of the extra ones! is! It is a great mind-game for your child! It is great for adults, it is great for older people to help keep their brain in top working order!
My grandmother loves to do them! She especially loves number ones! I hate those! They are HARD!
But again!! BRAIN FOOD!
So, as you are planning your child's curriculum and lesson plans this year....think about adding word finds to their daily or weekly lessons!!! You will be happy you did!

Happy Homeschooling!

Special Needs: Homeschooling a child with down syndrome

So, you have a special needs child, specifically down syndrome this week and want to homeschool them!!
They are no different than homeschooling any other child. To homeschool down syndrome child just means the same as it does assessing any other child.
What are their high points, what are their low points? How capable are they of writing, understand, reading, science for kids, math, art, etc. Do they have anything they specifically like that you can use, favorite movie, book, character, etc. that you can focus on?
My older son loves Star Wars! Who doesn't in my opinion!!LOL  But, when he finally was able to read and read strongly....I bought him books that he wanted and he wanted Star Wars! We have used SW for many aspects of his learning! Math, writing, reading and even spelling! Yes, spelling! At Spelling City, you can make your own we did!
My younger son is a big dino fan! We use that to get him writing! He HATES writing, but we use the dinosaurs as a trick to make him happy and write without tears!!
So, sit down with your child and discuss what they would like to do!
Homeschooling a child with down syndrome is just like homeschooling a child without down syndrome!
Every child is different! Every child has different ways of learning! That is the benefit of homeschooling!

Happy Homeschooling!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

So.....I want to hear more about lapbooking!

I heard about lapbooking when we first became homeschoolers!
It sounded cool!
I bought TONS of supplies and yet here we are getting ready to start our 6th year of homeschooling and they still sit in a box. : (
I was always unsure of where to start, how to get the boys motivated and if they will get it!

Well, as previously that I am working at finding a good writing curriculum or writing ideas... I am revisiting the whole homeschooling lapbooking writing as part of our writing program! Maybe if the boys pick something they would like to do, like earth and space or rocks and minerals then they will be more inclined to do it and do it WELL.

So.... are you a lapbooker? I would love feedback, hints, tips, input and whatever else! Links to some great ideas...anything! And to be able to gear it towards older kids, I have 10th and 11th graders!!!

Happy Homeschooling!

Time to tackle the writing curriculum decisions.....UGH!

Normally, as a homeschooling Mom... I LOVE this time of year.....getting to pick out the Fall curriculum.
I get to play like it is a big scavenger hunt to find the secular curriculum for 2 high school boys!
Will they like this or won't they!
Finding it for the BEST deal I can find on the internet, or even finding it for FREE or a STEAL!

Well, fast forward to now. And I have to find a writing curriculum that helps my younger son with his writing standards overview! He HATES writing! I cannot express how much he hates it. And therefore that hate means a fight with Mom over writing!

We have tried almost everything! Last year, the one thing that DID work semi-well was having him write about rocks and minerals which is something he collects and loves! Same with writing about dinosaurs, another favorite of his!

So, this year.....we are working with that same idea but expanding it because he IS in 10th grade and needs to step it up a bit!

Just another NOT fun part of homeschooling! 99% of the time I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E homeschooling. This time of year, finding stuff that works for 2 totally different personalities AND for Mom... makes for many headaches!

What do YOU use for writing? Do you like it? Would you recommend it to a fellow homeschooler?

Happy Homeschooling!